STORIES OF IMPACT

Skylar Herbert holding a teddy bear dressed like a dentist representing her dream of one day becoming a dentist.

A Little Girl’s Big Legacy

Joyous, loving and bright, Skylar Herbert was gifted with many talents. Whether dancing with her church’s praise team, acting in school plays, golfing or playing soccer, she easily commanded others’ attention with her abilities and contagious smile—all before the age of six. 
Published 12.3.2020
The Liberal Arts Building on Marygrove College campus

Carrying on the Family Tradition

University of Michigan alumni Jonathan and Kelly Opdyke were born and raised with Michigan in their blood and a love for the Motor City. Recently, they invested in the revitalization of Detroit through gifts to U-M’s School of Dentistry and School of Education.
Published 11.10.2020
A view of SJTU’s campus.

U-M Students at SJTU

When visa application centers closed worldwide earlier this year in response to COVID-19, many international students were left wondering if they would receive...
Published 9.16.2020
Illustration of DNA with the words "purpose" and "giving" making up the DNA double helix

Finding Purpose with Vic Strecher

Imagine a pill you could take that would increase your happiness, longevity, and quality of sleep. And on top of that, it would decrease your susceptibility to COVID-19, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and depression. The side effects? More friends and better sex… you’d start taking it immediately, right? According to Vic Strecher, this medicine exists—but it’s not a pill. And it’s also not something your doctor can prescribe. The medicine is living a more purposeful life. And philanthropy, as it turns out, is one way you can become more purposeful.
Published 9.4.2020

Nursing a passion to serve

Neal Hautz grew up in rural Boyne City, Michigan. From a young age, he learned the importance of service and community.
Published 8.28.2020
Visitors at the Annual Exhibition of Art by Michigan Prisoners

The Prison Creative Arts Project: Celebrating the 25th Annual Art Exhibition (Virtually)

Thirty years ago, U-M faculty member Buzz Alexander founded PCAP to bring those impacted by the justice system and the University of Michigan community into artistic and educational collaboration. In partnership with U-M students, faculty, staff, and community volunteers, PCAP fosters the creation of original works in theater, writing, music, visual art, and photography. The year-round programming reaches 26 adult Michigan correctional facilities, a federal correctional facility, several youth facilities, the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, and a public housing community.
Published 8.21.2020
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